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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kindred spirits

I recently came across 'my stash ' of “Anne of Green gables” series by L.M. Montgomery. I was introduced to it in class 7. The story is set in Prince Edward Island in Canada and tells the story of an orphan girl Anne. Fiery and independent, the red headed Anne is an eternal optimist; seeing beauty everywhere and in everybody around her...well at least, most of the time.

She breaks into sudden “spells of insanity” completely lost in “the land of dreams” where “the land is tender with golden green baby leaves; where there is an emerald mist on the woods and where the valleys are full of fairy lights at dawn”. I understand her completely, for I have these “sudden spells” too; only I didn’t know I was a “kindred spirit” till I read the book.

 When ever I feel like the world around me is losing its charm and I am bogged down by “mundane activities” I return to its pages and rediscover the joy of enjoying simple pleasures

  • enjoying  a cup of hot' masala chai' while devouring decor magazines and glossy  cook books.
  • browsing to my heart’s content, in a book store
  • a cheery bunch of flowers on my desk (yes, I buy myself  flowers)
  •  crisp, freshly laundered and ironed, lavender scented sheets to snuggle into, after        a warm  bath
         (Of course, I should not have anything to do with the laundering and ironing part) 

  • Spending an afternoon doing absolutely nothing (‘ dolce far niente’ literally, sweet   doing nothing. See, there is even a term for it) 


  • a gossip session with  cousins/friends in the middle of  the day (Hail whatsapp !)                    
  • a big bowl of ice cream all to myself (Baskin Robbins ‘after eight’ chocolate and mint flavour to be exact)
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things” –Robert Brault

So make some time every day, for life’s simple pleasures.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A wedding story

Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibilities- Anne Hathaway

Last week our family came together, to celebrate the wedding of the youngest cousin of our generation.

 It was wonderful to see the entire family put their individual lives in ‘pause mode’ and pitch in to ensure that it becomes a truly memorable event.

Life for our family, revolved around the wedding and its related activities. Responsibilities were outlined and delegated with such military precision, that even my driver had his version plan of ‘B’ in case something went wrong. The sister in charge of logistics could rattle off various permutations and combinations of the time, date and place of arrival of various relatives and the person assigned to pick them up, in her sleep.
 The sister and niece (whose dance moves, can give bollywood heroines sleepless nights) choreographed an entire sequence of dance series including almost the entire family. Brothers in law travelled half way across the city, to spend their precious weekends in dance rehearsals. Out of town relatives, practiced their moves under the tutelage of whatsapp videos. Little nephews and nieces practiced their dance steps with a diligence, that made their mothers wonder if they had been doped.

The chat groups buzzed with discussions and it seemed for a while, that the time zones ranging from Melbourne, Atlanta to the Middle East were seamlessly integrated into one single time zone, where all of us had the time to connect with each other.

The wedding itself was a surreal, near perfect event, where people genuinely seemed to relax and enjoy each other’s company; where laughter  and good food flowed in abundance, where the bride found herself cocooned in a circle of affection  and warmth, that made her feel secure within  its confines. What a lovely way to step into a new phase of life.

I guess that is what being a family means-

 We may not have it altogether, but together we have it all (author unknown)

Image courtesy: Dr. J. Jagdish